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Brian Ferguson, Scotsman.com, 3 March 2012
SCOTLAND – "The new-look National Museum of Scotland picked up another major honour at the "Oscars" of British architecture in Edinburgh last night.
The £46 million revamp of the historic attraction in the capital was one of the six main winners at the UK Civic Trust Awards, which were held at The Hub building on the Royal Mile. It was hailed by the judges as offering "one of the most memorable architectural experiences in the UK." Project architect Gareth Hoskins, who was born in the city, was officially honoured for the museum overhaul, which saw the old Royal Museum building on Chambers Street closed for several years to undergo a dramatic transformation."
Architizer, Flavorwire.com, 7 March 2012
MIAMI, FL – Last week, construction broke ground on the new Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science in Bicentennial Park in Miami. Apart from the green gizmos the 250,000 square-foot-building will sport, including and not limited to rain/energy collectors and a data center that will monitor the structure's energy performance, the most striking aspect of the design, by Grimshaw Architects, is its 600,000 gallon aquarium, under which – if the renderings are to be believed–visitors will frolic in evening wear, sipping cocktails beneath the auspices of feeding sharks. Yes, sharks.
Arab News, 2 March 2012
DHAHRAN, SAUDI ARABIA – "American national Elinor Nichols could never have guessed nearly half-a-century ago that a visit with her late husband Roger Nichols to a remote sand-buffeted fort in the eastern desert of the Kingdom would spark a journey that would see her return as a royal guest.
On that day in 1963, the Nichols were on one of the couple's regular excursions into the desert, one that took them to an aged fortification on the isolated Al-Sarrar Escarpment. Roger Nichols had arrived in Dhahran in 1956 as the lead investigator with the Aramco/Harvard School of Public Health Trachoma Research Project. Elinor followed a year later with their two daughters.
"We spent a lot of time in the desert because Roger was scraping the eyes and studying the Bedouin eye health situations in connection with the research. On one of his trips, he heard about some fortresses on top of the hills in the Sarrar Escarpment," Elinor Nichols is quoted as saying in a special feature on Saudi Aramco's website.
Exploring one of the fortresses on that trip and later visits, they happened upon ancient pottery remains and two bulky stone grinders. "They so interested us that we brought them home."
And at their home on Bailey's Island, Massachusetts, they would stay — some 10,000 km away over land and sea and more than four decades from that day in the dusty fort. Down the years that passed, the archaeological treasure trove was stored and brought out occasionally for display before the intrigued eyes of interested visitors.
There they remained until a call went out from the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA). Keen to reconnect and reunite with the objects of Saudi Arabia's past, the SCTA, in tandem with the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture, set upon a quest to find the country's worldwide diaspora of archaeological treasures and antiquities. Their task is like assembling the jigsaw of a lost history, and many of the repatriated exhibits are now on display in the National Museum in Riyadh."
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Document to guide decisions for next 15 years
Peter Boer, St. Albert Gazette, 7 March 2012
ST. ALBERT, AB – "Members of the arts community encouraged St. Albert city council Monday night to give its approval to the city’s cultural master plan, which councillors did with a unanimous vote.
Of six individuals and groups that spoke before the scheduled vote, five spoke in support of the document, which will guide future decisions on the city’s arts, heritage and cultural footprint for the next 15 years. [text omitted]
RC Strategies, the same group contracted to develop the recreation master plan passed by council last month, was also hired to develop the cultural master plan, which it then subcontracted to Lord Cultural Resources."
Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune, 2 March 2012
CHICAGO, IL – "Chicagoans listened intently as city officials solicited their opinions on the new Cultural Plan, the first to be developed since the mid-1980s. And then Chicagoans and suburbanites — some dressed in business suits, others in jeans — sounded off on what they want to see happen in cultural Chicago. Which was precisely the idea.
The city's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events has decided to build the new Chicago Cultural Plan on the voices of citizens. Or at least that's the goal, the theory being that if everyday Chicagoans, as well as the culturally connected, articulate what they want, a cash-strapped city government has a better shot at making the most of its dwindling resources. (The department's annual budget dropped from $32.8 million in 2011 to $29.2 million in 2012.)
But no one could have anticipated the standing-room-only crowds that jammed most of the meetings, nor the eruption of ideas that ensued. [text omitted]
Early in the first town hall, at Columbia, city officials and representatives from Lord Cultural Resources — the firm that's helping produce the Cultural Plan — laid out the ground rules.
After a PowerPoint presentation by a Lord staffer, the Columbia audience would divide into work groups. Each would try to answer three questions: What is a cultural experience in Chicago that impacted you? What is your vision for cultural Chicago by 2030? How do we get from here to there?
"The democratization of culture is what this plan is about," Lord senior consultant Orit Sarfaty told the crowd at Columbia."
Recent News, artdaily.org, 7 March 2012
LAS VEGAS, NV – "IBM announced that it is working with the Louvre Museum in Paris to preserve and protect its facilities and artwork, which covers more than 650,000 square feet, making it one of the largest museums in the world.
Established in the 18th century, the Louvre is home to thousands of objects and artifacts ranging from prehistory to 1848, including the most famous painting in the world, the Mona Lisa. To preserve and protect its facilities and world-famous artwork, the museum staff handles more than 65,000 repairs and maintenance visits per year. Through the use of IBM Maximo Asset Management software the museum’s staff has been able to streamline their maintenance processes to improve customer service as well as the efficiency, real-time operation and management of the museum."
[See also IBM makes Louvre a 'smart museum', The Times of India, 6 March 2012]
(Entretien - Alain Seban, président du Centre Pompidou)
Le Monde, 1 mars 2012
PARIS, FRANCE – "Alain Seban, 47 ans, a été reconduit pour trois ans à la présidence du Centre Pompidou lors du conseil des ministres du mercredi 29 février. Polytechnicien et énarque, ancien conseiller pour l'éducation et la culture de Jacques Chirac à l'Elysée, il est en poste à Beaubourg depuis 2007. Il défend son bilan, dévoile ses projets et répond aux critiques."
Le Monde, 1 mars 2012
PARIS, FRANCE – "Outre son projet de "mondialiser" le Centre Pompidou, Alain Seban prévoit de rénover les "infrastructures techniques" du bâtiment. Le coût est estimé à 200 millions d'euros."
Led museum for 18 years, now eager to try other pursuits
Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun, 7 March 2012
BALTIMORE, MD – "Gary Vikan, who has been a dynamic force at the helm of the Walters Art Museum for 18 years, will leave the post of director in June 2013, or when his successor is in place."
Sylvia Chang, InsideToronto.com, 7 March 2012
TORONTO, ON – "Most Torontonians know our hallmark museum - the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) - underwent a massive renaissance over the last decade. Many Torontonians have even walked past and marvelled at the much-debated Michael Lee-Chin Crystal, which marks the new entrance. Sadly, most Torontonians have not been inside the newly renovated museum because of the high cost of tickets. That is, until now."
People asked to participate in unearthing the stories of the War of 1812
Erin Hatfield, Inside Toronto, 5 March 2012
TORONTO, ON – "Romance and heartbreak, plot twists and tragic deaths at sea, the stories of the people involved in the War of 1812 can be shocking and soap opera-like.
But according to a duo of artists behind a site-specific installation called The Encampment, it is when you learn about the people that brings the historic war to life.
"It is not about line-ups of soldiers shooting each other, although that is important, no doubt it helped define the boundaries and the future of the country, but at the same time it was those people and their stories..." that brings the war to life, explained Thom Sokoloski, who along with Jenny-Anne McCowan, is working to unearth those stories for the art installation.
The Encampment, a commission by Luminato and the City of Toronto for the War of 1812 commemoration, will take place on the grounds of Historic Fort York, where 200 tents will be set up referencing the 200 years since the War of 1812. [text omitted]
The Encampment at Fort York will be the largest temporal public participatory art work in the history of Canada, Sokoloski said."
In exhibits, exchanges and programs, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and other institutions are examining fresh topics and weaving the work into a global fabric
Suzanne Muchnic, Special to the Los Angeles Times, 4 March 2012
LOS ANGELES, CA – "It's only natural, given their proximity to Mexico and rapidly growing Latino constituencies, that California art museums would be engaged with Latin American material. But the robust lineup of exhibitions, exchanges and educational programs indicates that the days of focusing on historic "treasures" or romanticized figures such as Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera are over.
Museum directors and curators are talking about examining fresh topics and weaving Latin American art into a global fabric — in projects that require inter-departmental collaboration, international networking and community outreach. [text omitted]
The action is most apparent at LACMA, where director Michael Govan has overseen a quickening parade of exhibitions covering a broad sweep of history."
John Rogers (Associated Press), North County Times, 4 March 2012
LOS ANGELES, CA – "After months of preparation, a massive boulder has begun its 105-mile journey to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
The 340-ton chunk of granite that acclaimed earth artist Michael Heizer selected to be the centerpiece of his latest creation left a dusty rock quarry in Riverside last Tuesday.
The boulder will make a circuitous journey through nearly two dozen Southern California cities to the museum's backyard, where it is to become the focal point of Heizer's "Levitated Mass."
CBC News, 3 March 2012
EDMONTON, AB – "Some special visitors to the Royal Alberta Museum got the rare chance to get hands-on with the museum's exhibits this weekend. [text omitted]
Five-year-old Matthew Silivus usually doesn't visit the museum.
Matthew is blind, so he can't see the museum's collection of wildlife inside glass display cases, out of reach.
But this weekend, kids like Matthew were able to get up close to the exhibits.
Visitors with partial or no sight were able to touch many of the museum's stuffed animals and wildlife skeletons."
Eric Bietry-Rivierre, Le Figaro, 2 March 2012
PARIS, FRANCE – "L'Institut du monde arabe a revu son musée de fond en comble. La nouvelle scénographie privilégie le multiculturalisme et ne se contente pas de montrer des beaux objets."
Pete Hayman, Leisure Opportunities, 1 March 2012
LONDON, ENGLAND – "Parts of the Cultural Heritage Blueprint, the document setting out recommendations for the development of the sector's workforce over the next 10 years, are to be updated.
The Museums Association (MA) will work alongside Creative and Cultural Skills (CCS) - the sector skills council - to revise the blueprint amid recent changes within the industry."
Wausaudailyherald.com, 6 March 2012
MILWAUKEE, WI – "America's Black Holocaust Museum in Milwaukee has reopened on a newly launched website.
Museum board member Fran Kaplan says board members continued to brainstorm ways to revive the institution after the doors closed in 2008 due to funding problems."
[See also America's Black Holocaust Museum Goes Viral: The 24-year-old gallery is now displayed online, By Danielle Wright, BET, 3 March 2012]
Lydie Olga Ntap, Le Devoir, 8 mars 2012
[GLOBAL] – "Apparus dans les grandes années du mouvement féministe, les Musées de la femme tracent les contours d'une histoire des femmes face à une histoire déclinée au masculin ou au neutre. Le Musée des femmes de Bonn, premier musée de ce type créé dans le monde, est installé sur 3000 mètres carrés, dans un quartier ouvrier et universitaire de Bonn."
In the next 3 years, the National Arts Centre will lose its heads of English and French theatre and its music director, maybe even its CEO. How will it weather the change?
Peter Simpson, The Ottawa Citizen, 7 March 2012
OTTAWA, ON – "It's usually a sudden plot turn in the National Arts Centre theatre that leave you wondering "what next?" Now it's a question in the highest offices of management, where most of the lead actors are leaving the stage, with the director perhaps not far behind."
Project could cost more than $50 million
CBC News, 7 March 2012
HALIFAX, NS – "A multimillion-dollar naval memorial and heritage centre featuring HMCS Sackville could take several years before it becomes a reality, but plans for the project are already underway."
Aaron Orlando, Revelstoke Times Review, 7 March 2012
REVELSTOKE, BC – "Revelstoke is one of five applicants bidding to be the new home of the Canadian Ski Hall of Fame and Museum – and the decision is expected in the next few months."
[See also Rossland hoping for ski hall of fame, By Arne Petryshen, Rossland News, 7 March 2012]
Jeff Adelson, The Times-Picayune, 7 March 2012
LOUISIANA, UNITED STATES – "The secretary of state's office would have to eliminate at least 10 percent of its authorized staff and could consider shutting down state museums under proposed budget cuts for next year. In part, the issue of what happens to the museums hinges on exactly how Gov. Bobby Jindal's pension overhaul efforts play out."
Architecture List, 6 March 2012
TAIPEI CITY, TAIWAN – "Our proposal for the New Taipei City Museum of Art is an open and welcoming design that erases the barrier of exclusivity normally surrounding the world of art, patrons, and experts.
As such, the architecture of the New Taipei City Museum of Art is one that embodies this idea of erasure through eliminating the traditional borders between exhibition space and circulation, as well as exterior and interior. Every part of the museum is represented by a space without limits that can hold any type of expression."
New and refurbished museums saw their visitor numbers vastly increase during 2011, showing that when it comes to attracting people through your doors, if you speculate, you accumulate.
M & H News, 6 March 2012
UNITED KINGDOM – "According to the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA), which has announced its members' visitor figures for 2011 this week, museums saw a real return on investment last year.
One of the largest increases in visitors (141%) was seen by the newly refurbished National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, the most visited attraction outside of London."
The refurbished National Museum of Scotland was the most visited attraction outside of London last year, new figures show.
BBC News, 5 March 2012
SCOTLAND – "The museum has had a 141% increase in visitor numbers since it reopened last summer following a £47m refurbishment.
The Edinburgh museum's original target of a million visitors a year was passed within four months.
The British Museum in London attracted the most visitors for the fifth year in a row, with 5.8 million people."
[See also Refurbished museum proves popular, The UK Press Association, 5 March 2012]
Allison Lampert, Montreal Gazette, 6 March 2012
MONTRÉAL, QC – "The historic Maison Sir Louis-Hippolyte La Fontaine could be reinvented as a museum or offices for federal civil servants, owners of the decaying former mansion suggested Tuesday.
“We're leaning towards a museum, but if it's not that it will be something else,” said developer Jack Arduini, minority partner in the company that owns the former residence of LaFontaine, the second Premier of Eastern Canada."
Thomas Bizien, Le Journal des Arts, 6 mars 2012
LOS ANGELES, CA – "Accumulant les dettes depuis 2000, le Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) de Los Angeles n'arrive pas à sortir de l'impasse financière. Alors que plusieurs de ses cadres dirigeants viennent de donner leur démission, le musée prévoit un nouveau déficit pour l'année en cours."
Steve Norder, Star-Telegram, 5 March 2012
GRAPEVINE, TX – "In 1910, three years after the city was founded, residents decided they needed two things to ensure their community would grow and survive: electricity and ice.
"The residents realized how important ice was to the community in the first half of the 20th century and into the second half," Paul W. McCallum, the director of the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau told about 150 people last week during a fundraising "gala" for the Grapevine Historical Society. [text omitted]
That connection to Grapevine's early history will be brought back as part of the remodeling already underway of a building at 206 W. Hudgins St. Once completed, the front of the building will have the look of the ice house building in the mid-century, when the company was owned by Wade C. Cummings. The inside will be the home of the Grapevine Historical Society's museum, becoming what McCallum described as the "crown jewel" in the center of a museum complex stretching from the new CVB headquarters building with its museum, to the Settlement to City Museum complex of historic buildings at the other end of the block.
The society's museum will be moving from a crowded 900-square-foot space in the historic train depot to 3,000 square feet of space. The additional space will allow for more items to be displayed in a better arrangement, according to society members."
E-Flux, 5 March 2012
NEW YORK, NY – "The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (CCS Bard) has announced that the Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence will be presented to Ann Goldstein, Director of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, at a gala celebration and dinner on April 4, 2012 at Capitale in New York City."
Mydesert.com, 5 March 2012
DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA – "Cabot's Pueblo Museum has been added to the National Register of Historic Places, the city of Desert Hot Springs announced Monday.
With the new designation, the museum will be eligible for federal tax credits and grants for historic preservation. It will also be given special consideration in planning for federal projects."
Joe Fiorito, Toronto Star, 5 March 2012
THUNDER BAY, ON – "A pal of mine from high school passed through town the other day; in between flights, she had time for a bowl of soup and a game of catch-up.
But Nancy Perozzo did not stop over for the simple reasons of nostalgia or minestrone. She came with a larger purpose in mind.
Grain elevators. [text omitted]
Today, there are just seven or eight elevators remaining on the Thunder Bay waterfront, compared to nearly 30 at the height of the grain trade on the lakes.
Nancy said, "We want to start a movement to get one of the remaining elevators designated as a historical site. We want it set up as an interpretive centre."
I know why, but I asked anyway.
She said, "The elevators were a contributor to the nation; without them, it would have been impossible for western farmers to get their grain to market; and it's tied to the psyche of Thunder Bay."
The psyche of my home town has been battered for a long time; the museum is a great idea. What's been done so far? There is, of course, a committee, and there have been discussions, high and low, and some of the preliminary exploratory work has been done."
Mike McDaniel, WLBT, 5 March 2012
JACKSON, MS – Leaders of the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science showed off their latest expansion Monday.
Senator Thad Cochran joined the museum to dedicate and tour the Mississippi Center for Conservation and Biodiversity.
Before the expansion, many of the collections were near storage capacity.
The museum houses more than one million scientific specimens.
The 19,000 square foot addition will provide space for biologists to continue documenting and researching Mississippi's biological resources.
Belfast Telegraph, 5 March 2012
DUBLIN, IRELAND – "Rhino horns have been removed from the Natural History Museum over fears the exhibits will be stolen.
Curators decided to replace the horns in the so-called Dead Zoo with replicas because of a spate of robberies across Europe that put visitors and staff at risk."
Innovative Structure Designed by Farshid Moussavi, Public Opening October 8, 2012, Features 13 International Artists
Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Sacramento Bee, 5 March 2012
CLEVELAND, OH – "The Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (MOCA) will hold a public opening in celebration of its new building in the emerging Uptown district of University Circle on October 8, 2012."
SF Gate, 5 March 2012
NEW YORK, NY – "Scion A/V unveils today the Scion iQ Project Museum, a rich digital initiative created to preserve cultural movements, moments and musicians that are at risk of being lost. The first three online exhibits will feature rare artifacts from significant music moments; the LA Chicano punk scene, the Strata Records era and the early years of one of hip-hop's pioneers, Prince Paul. Link to the iQ Project Museum here: www.scioniqproject.com."
MuseumPublicity.com, 5 March 2012
PITTSBURGH, PA – "The Center for PostNatural History has opened its permanent exhibition facility in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Center for PostNatural History (CPNH) is dedicated to the research and exhibition of lifeforms that have been intentionally altered by humans, from the dawn of domestication to contemporary genetic engineering. The CPNH presents the postnatural world through diorama, taxidermy, photography and living exhibits, from engineered corn to Sea Monkeys to modified Chestnut Trees to BioSteel™ Goats."
Alex Pappas, The Daily Caller, 5 March 2012
WASHINGTON, DC – "Could Congress be persuaded to spend taxpayer money on a Museum of Government Waste?
That's what filmmakers Ellen and Jim Hubbard of Nevada have been trying to figure out for the last five years.
The couple is releasing a film — set to come out this year — about their quest to obtain an earmark from Congress for a museum dedicated to wasteful government spending. [text omitted]
But using private money, she and her husband plan to follow up on the film by actually opening up a Museum of Government Waste this year. David Williams of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance will run it. [text omitted]
They're still working out the details, but the museum is slated to be in Washington. Williams plans to move his organization, the Tax Payers Protection Alliance, into the same space as the museum."
Recent News, artdaily.org, 5 March 2012
CORNING, NY – The Corning Museum of Glass has launched a redesigned website at http://www.cmog.org. The site offers new content, increased access to the Museum's collection and new user-friendly features. The front page serves as a starting point to explore 35 centuries of glass art: the site now features thousands of videos, articles, images and resources on glass and glassmaking.
Wang Jie, China News Center, 4 March 2012
BEIJING, CHINA – "Shanghai has around 16 private museums and most are faltering. The successful ones are mainly industrial museums backed by industries such as textiles and banking. Wang Jie investigates.
If China's new rich want yet another way to flaunt their wealth – one that will also benefit society – building and operating a private museum (named after oneself, of course) might be just the ticket."
Mir Ayoob Ali Khan, Times of India, 3 March 2012
HYDERABAD, INDIA – "Hyderabad has many museums. But Hyderabad does not have one City Museum.
We have the Salar Jung Museum (SJM) which is famous the world over. It is known more as "One Man Collection" than something which is exclusively devoted to the city. Since the objective of the collector Mir Yousuf Ali Khan, Salar Jung III, was different he probably never thought of putting together something related to his city alone. The collection at SJM is great-over 40,000 objects-from clocks to daggers to paintings and manuscripts to collected from different parts of the globe. It is also the biggest revenue earning museum in the country."
The Hispanic Society of America, in the northern stretches of Manhattan, has a world-class collection but is often overlooked by U.S. tourists
Ula Ilnytzky (Associated Press), The Seattle Times, 3 March 2012
NEW YORK, NY – "Situated behind a wrought-iron gate in upper Manhattan, the Hispanic Society of America is an imposing museum and research library.
It has a world-class collection of Iberian art that includes works from such masters as Goya, Velazquez and El Greco, and monumental sculptures by Anna Hyatt Huntington, the wife of the society's founder.
Yet the 104-year-old institution in Washington Heights is not high on the itinerary of many tourists — or even New Yorkers. Some don't even know it exists."
John Rogers (Associated Press), The Arizona Republic, 3 March 2012
LOS ANGELES, CA – "An expert in ancient art who has overseen museums in England, the U.S. and his native Australia will be the next director of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.
Timothy Potts, most recently the director of the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, England, will take the helm Sept. 1."
Chuck Bartels (Associated Press), Recent News, artdaily.org, 2 March 2012
BENTONVILLE, AR – "A visitor arriving at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art sees a curved concrete facade with the museum's name and, behind it, a stand of trees on a hillside.
Where's the museum?
Get closer, then look down.
A series of connected pavilions under curved copper roofs stretch through a tree-lined ravine. Two of the buildings serve as bridges over ponds filled from a spring-fed stream that flows through the site.
To get in, just follow the wave of people going downstairs.
Crystal Bridges is regarded as the most important museum to open in the U.S. in decades, and it has done so in a city of 35,000 in the Ozark Mountains that's served by a single interstate highway that terminates in the middle of town, not far from the headquarters of Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
More than 175,000 people have made their way to the museum in the less than four months since it opened Nov. 11."
The departures of Gary Cypres, David M. Galligan and Sarah Sullivan plus two recent exits bring the museum's fiscal issues into focus.
Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times, 2 March 2012
LOS ANGELES, CA – "Three Museum of Contemporary Art officials with key financial roles — the chief operating officer, fundraising director and a trustee who chaired the board's finance committee — have left MOCA in the last three months. They had been at their posts less than a year.
Meanwhile, since Jeffrey Deitch became MOCA's director in mid-2010, efforts have stalled to pay down large deficits the museum incurred from 2000 to 2008 by illegally raiding its endowment. A source who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of MOCA's finances, said it has projected a deficit for the current fiscal year, which ends June 30."
Le Journal des Arts, 2 mars 2012
WARSAW, POLAND– "Le Musée de l'Holocauste de Washington espère conserver un baraquement provenant du camp d'Auschwitz, malgré les demandes réitérées du Musée d'Auschwitz-Birkenau réclamant la restitution de ce prêt effectué aux États-Unis il y a plus de vingt ans."
Francesca Kefalas, Norwich Bulletin, 2 March 2012
NORWICH, CT – "The Lebanon Historical Society Museum is going to school.
The museum has been accepted to participate in StEPs-CT, a capacity-building program for smaller Connecticut museums, historical societies and other cultural organizations offered by the Connecticut Humanities Council and the Connecticut League of History Organizations. The program is designed to boost professionalism in museum operations."
Multiple claims for antiquities at New York's Met, major exhibitions hit at London's British Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum
Martin Bailey, The Art Newspaper, Issue 233, March 2012
UNITED KINGDOM – "Turkey is refusing to lend artefacts to leading British and American museums until the issue of disputed antiquities is resolved. The ban means Turkey will not lend artefacts to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and London's British Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A).
The British Museum had asked for 35 items for the exhibition “Hajj: Journey to the Heart of Islam” (until 15 April). Although Turkish museums were agreeable to the loans, the ministry of culture blocked them, leaving the British Museum to find alternative artefacts at short notice.
As part of the growing Turkish campaign, loans have been blocked to museums with disputed objects in their collections."
[See also Turkey Bans Loans to Museums in New York and London, Felicia R. Lee, The New York Times, 2 March 2012]
Zhu Linyong, China Daily, 2 March 2012
BEIJING, CHINA – "A ceremony marking the official reopening of the renovated and enlarged National Museum of China was held on Thursday after a year of trial operation.
"The imposing structure, well-equipped, and with a wonderful collection, well-trained staff, and superb services, has become a calling card for a nation with a 5,000 year civilization. It is a monument to China's cultural prosperity and a symbol of national pride," said Cultural Minister Cai Wu at the ceremony."
[See also China's National Museum opens its doors after 4-year renovation, Journey Mart, 5 March 2012]
Associated Press, The Washington Post, 2 March 2012
WASHINGTON, DC – "The former director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian has been appointed interim director of Washington's Textile Museum as it moves to the campus of George Washington University.
Museum board President Bruce Baganz announced the appointment Friday of W. Rick West to lead the museum's transition to a new home.
Beginning in 2014, the museum will be housed on the Foggy Bottom campus in a new building to be joined with the historic Woodhull House."
Deepika Sorabjee, The Economic Times, 2 March 2012
INDIA – "As delegates from foreign art museums wended their way to India this winter, perfectly timed to attend the India Art Fair, the buzzy new avatar of the India Art Summit, what did they want most? Were they here to buy contemporary art or were they looking for artists to work with or were they in search of funds?
Wait a minute. Are we short of avenues to spend locally, after all? Can't our affluent classes, awash in cash, fund museums here? Can't that be an option? Well, our "givers" have their misgivings - government red tape, corruption, mismanagement of funds and so on. The truth is, unlike institutions of learning in professional courses, art museums could be managed with minimum interference from the government or others."
James Culic, Niagara This Week, 2 March 2012
CANADA – "Mary Ann Shadd was born in Delaware in the early 1800s as a free black woman. But with the passing of the Fugitive Slave Act, she felt that freedom being clawed back, and she fled to Canada.
"The Act was created so slave-owning southerners could travel north and recapture any of their slaves who had fled to freedom, but what it did was open the door to kidnappers who would take freeborn African-Americans from the north and sell them into slavery in the south," explained Karen Shadd, the great-great-granddaughter of Mary Ann Shadd.
Karen was speaking to students at St. Joseph Catholic School in Fort Erie on Friday, as part of a number of stops in the area to promote Black History Month and the government's new black history virtual museum.
"There are lots of small black history museums spread across Canada, and what we've done with the virtual museum is bring them together and gather all that history into one place," said Karen."
Timothy Schafer, Trail Daily Times, 2 March 2012
ROSSLAND, BC – "The City of Rossland is flexing its historical muscles as it attempts to lure the Canadian Ski Hall of Fame and Museum to the mountain kingdom.
With a history as deep as its powder when it comes to downhill skiing — including Nancy Greene Raine, George Grey, Kerrin Lee Gartner and Olaus Jeldness, the father of competitive skiing in Canada — the city is a natural fit for the museum, said Rossland Mayor Greg Granstrom in a letter Thursday.
On Jan. 8 the museum issued a call for proposals for new premises to be ready for the fall of 2012 as it prepares to vacate its building in Ottawa. [text omitted]
A lack of funding has predicated the museum's move, with donations and memberships not adequately sustaining the growth in the collection and the need for a professional curator.
The museum is now looking for over 4,000 sq. ft. of climate-controlled, easily accessible, exhibit, storage and office space, preferably in a high traffic area attractive to skiers of all disciplines and others interested in the history of skiing."
IBRAM, 1 March 2012
BRAZIL – "Foram encerradas no dia 29 de fevereiro, as inscrições para a 10ª Semana de Museus, que acontece entre 14 e 20 de maio de 2012.
Mais uma vez, a iniciativa organizada pelo Instituto Brasileiro de Museus (Ibram/MinC) bateu recorde de inscritos: de acordo com os números preliminares, mais de 1.100 museus e organizações culturais se cadastraram para participar da temporada 2012, que este ano traz como tema Museus em um Mundo em Transformação – novos desafios, novas inspirações."
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